Virginia Places

To be a Virginian either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one's Mother's side
is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from Above

Clover Hollow in Giles County, Virginia

This website is an exploration of Virginia history and geography. History helps us understand things that have happened, and geography examines the places where things have happened... or will be happening.

We can learn from the past and prepare for tomorrow, but we need to go beyond memorizing dates and names. We need to use our capacity for critical thinking, to inquire into why things happen where they happen - and then to use whatever insights we gained from that experience to shape the future and create the Virginia we would like to see.

"...for as Geography without History seemeth a carkasse without motion, so History without Geography, wandreth as a Vagrant without a certaine habitation..."
John Smith, The generall historie of Virginia, New England & the Summer Isles, together with The true travels, adventures and observations, and A sea grammar - Volume 1, Chapter XII. The Arrivall of the third Supply, published 1624
(Source: Library of Congress)

John Smith (sitting on barrel) explored Virginia's places and cultures between 1607-1609
John Smith (sitting on barrel) explored Virginia's places and cultures between 1607-1609
Source: National Park Service, John Smith Trading With the Indians


About Virginia Places
NOTE: Geography of Virginia (GGS 380) will be taught at George Mason University again in the Fall 2018 semester.
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